Updated: March 27, 2021 3:10:57 pm
Many of those who have made it as successful actors in Bollywood have been stage artistes, who gradually transitioned from theatre to the big screen. On World Theatre Day today, annually observed on March 27, theatre enthusiasts, theatre schools, and theatre practitioners mark the day in their own unique ways. This time was no different as celebrities took to social media to express their commitment and gratitude towards theatre.
Actor Aahana Kumra, who first took to theatre at the age of 14, wrote a heartfelt note on Instagram.
“This is where it all began! Happy #WorldTheatreDay to everyone celebrating! My journey in theatre started when I was 14 years old and I had enrolled into the #SummerTimeAtPrithvi workshop during my summer holidays! And then there was no looking back!” she said.
Actor Neena Gupta also shared a memory from her time on stage.
She also shared snippets from her first play ‘By George’, based on two stories of playwright George Bernard Shaw, performed at NCPA, Mumbai in 2011. The play was directed by veteran Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah.
“I’ll always be grateful to @prithvitheatre and the #NCPAMumbai for nurturing me as an artist,” she said.
Started in 1962 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI), various events are organised across the world to celebrate the medium of theatre. On this day, ITI also circulates messages issued by global celebrities in more than 50 languages, based on the theme “Theatre and a Culture of Peace”.
The first World Theatre Day International Message was written by Jean Cocteau in France in 1962.
Meanwhile, Mukti Bhavan actor Adil Hussain said theatre is his “first love”. “Theatre is my first love. And it will always be the one. It has evolved into a fine medium of expression over millenia! Happy International Theatre day to everyone! I hope that the governments of each state makes theatre studies a compulsory subject from primary school onward,” he expressed.
Theatre is my First Love. And it will always be the one. It has evolved into a fine medium of expression over millenia! Happy International Theatre day to everyone! I hope that the Governments of each state makes theatre studies a compulsory subject from Primary Schools onward.
— Adil hussain (@_AdilHussain) March 27, 2021
To mark the day, people organise award events, conduct charity plays, and theatre workshops.
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